Next Up: Villa (a) Season Opener

The start of the new season arrives with Liverpool travelling to Birmingham to play Aston Villa in the first match live on Setanta Sports, kick off 5:15pm UK time.

Last season’s match at Villa Park ended in a disappointing 0-0 bore draw, while the home match at Anfield saw the Reds run out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Martin O’Neill has strengthened his squad with two signings from West Ham in the shape of Nigel Reo Coker and Marlon Harewood. The Villians have skipper Gareth Barry, winger Ashley Young and forward John Carew as their main threats.